10 July 2012 - 10 July 2012

Polish violinist Magdalena Filipczak at City of London Festival

Filipczak together with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama present Debussy’s important solo string sonatas and the piano trio.

Tuesday, 10 July, 1.05 pm
St Anne & St Agnes
Gresham Street
London EC2V 7BX
FREE


ARTISTS:

Magdalena Filipczak - violin
Brian O’Kane - cello
Thomas Besnard and Abigail Sin - piano

PROGRAMME:

Debussy Violin Sonata; Cello Sonata; Piano Trio

Polish violinist Magdalena Filipczak together with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of Debussy’s 150th anniversary present his important solo string sonatas and the piano trio.

Magdalena Filipczak has performed in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, Great Hall of the Bishopsgate Institute) and Europe as well as South America, Canada and the US as a soloist and chamber musician. Festival appearances include Proms Festival, Swaledale Festival and Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, Paxos Chamber Music Festival in Greece, Lidköping Music Festival in Sweden, Tallinn Chamber Festival in Estonia, Norfolk Festival in the US. She recorded for the BBC Radio 3, Canadian Radio, Polish, Austrian and Estonian TV and Radio.

Magdalena is a member of the Artimus Ensemble String Trio and Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Devonia Concert Series in London. She is also one of the artists of the Zetland Foundation.

Magdalena graduated with distinctions from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied violin with Krzysztof Smietana. After graduation she was awarded the GSMD Artist Fellowship for two years and as a part of it she taught violin at the City University. In addition to violin playing, Magdalena studied also classical singing with John Evans at the GSMD.

She has been successful at numerous International Violin Competitions including the first prize at the IV Heino Eller International Violin Competition in Estonia. She also received many scholarships from respected English Trusts such as Musicians Benevolent Fund, English Speaking Union, Solti Foundation, City of London Corporation, Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Derek Butler Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Fishmongers’ Company as well as from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Yale University/Yale Summer School.

In 2011 Magdalena was offered an Artistic Residency at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada, where she premiered the new violin made in 2011 specially for the Banff Centre by a famous, New York based violin maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz. In 2010 She was a guest concertmaster of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.

Thanks to the Stradivari Trust and the Zetland Foundation, Magdalena plays a violin from ‘the Florian Leonhard Fine Violins’ collection made by N. Gagliano in 1732.

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